Attachment and Detachment

The final mastery is to give up being what you are not. That’s the end of the struggle!

Joseph Campbell

Attachment is an emotional issue. Human beings, like the vast majority of mammals, are social animals. As Lewis, Amini, and Lannon demonstrate in their groundbreaking work, A General Theory of Love, we need relatively calm and stable attachments to our initial caregivers in order to develop into emotionally stable adults. Indeed, without attachments, infants simply wither and die, even if all their other needs are met. As we shall see, the limbic (or mammalian) portion of our brain literally needs attachment and interaction in order to survive and thrive.

The ability to manage attachments, the first learning process ...

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